"The Taliban should not be allowed to tell us how long we are there to get our personnel out. That's our decision, not theirs," McConnell said on Tuesday.
"Where the Afghans are housed is a living hell. Trash, urine, fecal matter, spilled liquids and vomit cover the floors," said a leaked email obtained from the U.S. Central Command.
The team, thanks to the combined efforts of multiple groups and individuals, safely left Kabul for Qatar on August 19.
"I think Al-Qaeda has an opportunity, and they're going to take advantage of that opportunity," said Chris Costa, senior director for counterterrorism for former President Donald Trump.
The Taliban previously said that the U.S.' planned withdrawal date from Afghanistan was a "red line."
Four military bases in New Jersey, Virginia, Texas and Wisconsin are preparing to temporarily house Afghans being evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban's return to power.
The nation building that Afghanistan so desperately needs was never going to succeed under the aegis of the military.
Afghans who aided the U.S. during the war and others at risk of persecution are desperately trying to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban's swift takeover this month.
The Chinese regime is suffering severe setbacks in neighboring Pakistan.
Athletes who were scheduled to represent the country at the 2020 Paralympics are no longer attending the games.
The person, who was not identified by the government, reached British soil on a military plane and officials were alerted "overnight."
"Ultimately, it will be the president's decision how this proceeds, no one else's," White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.
The sister of Mark Frerichs, a man believed to be the last U.S. hostage in Afghanistan, has shared with Newsweek a statement addressed to Sirajuddin Haqqani, whose Taliban-aligned militia that U.S. officials believe to be behind Frerichs' kidnapping.
"The U.S. government needs to get over its hang-ups on steps and process and meetings," Mark Frerichs' sister told Newsweek. "The Taliban have been clear about what they wanted since last summer and we need to act on it while the window is open to get Mark home. Why can't we just take 'yes' for an answer?"
Americans did not train the Taliban to force women into blue body bags and to kill them if they disobey.
"We believe the world has a unique opportunity of rapprochement and coming together to tackle the challenges not only facing us but the entire humanity," the Taliban Cultural Commision's Abdul Qahar Balkhi told Newsweek.
PIA, the only commercial airline operating to and from Kabul, said sanitation workers weren't performing their duties since the Taliban takeover.
Vice President Kamala Harris and national security adviser Jake Sullivan have described the embassy evacuation in terms that many critics find inaccurate.
The 10,400 people evacuated Monday was more than double the 3,900 that the military reported the previous 24 hours.
"They can go on commercial flights at any time they want to go. That is their right," Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told BBC.
Ali Nazary of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan based in the Panjshir valley said the group had "thousands of forces ready for the resistance."
"...Right now...our focus has to be on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who worked with us and vulnerable Afghans," Vice President Kamala Harris said.
"I'm heartbroken," music teacher Ahmad Sarmast told AP. "It was so unexpected and so unpredictable that it was like an explosion."
Aircraft entering and departing the airport have begun using measures to avoid missile attacks, such as corkscrew landings and firing flares upon takeoff.
"Doing so would bring the United States even lower while raising up a regime that deserves nothing," Haley wrote in an op-ed.
A Taliban spokesperson warned that "there would be consequences" if the U.S. and its allies did not leave by August 31.
As Tony Blair criticizes Joe Biden's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, his former U.K. defense secretary Geoff Hoon defended the American president.
The marine was shown pouring water from his own bottle directly into the mouths of several thirsty Afghan children.
Retired Admiral Michael Mullen said "obviously, I was wrong" with regards to U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
"Our first priority in Kabul is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible," the president said.